New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was told to “take action” on onshore wind as a matter of urgency last night by a renewable energy trade body.
The chief executive of RenewableUK, Hugh McNeal, called for Mr Johnson to establish “a new strategy” on onshore wind and champion the technology, as he did with offshore wind while on the campaign trail.
Since the introduction of a public veto in England by David Cameron in 2015, Tory MPs have strongly opposed onshore wind.
In May, Westminster said more onshore wind development was “not right for England”.
In Scotland, no such rules govern the industry.
A recent poll commissioned by the Conservative Environment Network showed UK Tory support had increased to 75%.
The survey of 20,000 of UK Tory voters also revealed a preference to onshore wind over fracking by a majority of two to one.
Mr McNeal said: “We look forward to working with the new Prime Minister to achieve our world-leading net zero target and hope that he will continue to be a champion the for UK’s offshore wind sector, as he was in his campaign.
“The new Government must take action to put us on course to reach net zero emissions by establishing a new strategy for onshore wind and support for our innovative renewable technologies like floating wind, wave and tidal stream.”
“Building on the landmark Offshore Wind Sector Deal agreed by industry and Ministers earlier this year, the new Government has a golden opportunity to further capitalise on the opportunities offered by low carbon technology for the UK economy”.